The other day I tried to tell my kids that when we were little we didn’t have Netflix and Fresh Beat Band. We had a Bookmobile that came to our school instead of a Kindle that downloaded magic books for us. I’m pretty sure they didn’t believe me.
When I talk to my kids about my childhood it makes me feel old! I realize this more and more as my kids experience new things, or latch on to some new technology, and part of me feels like they have it easier now. But I also realize it is more important than ever to try and keep them safe from all of the junk out there and keep them from always getting sucked into the the next cool thing.
I’m pretty sure this is a universal parenting feeling. We want to be able to have well adjusted kids who are free to try new things, but we also want to be able to manage how that process works.
So I decided that a journey back to my childhood years was in order, to a time where things seemed simpler, at least to me. Dora wasn’t around then, but Mr. Rogers was the man. I think he even threw in some Spanish occasionally to keep things interesting.
Looking back there are things on this list I remember so fondly, many with stories and memories attached, and some that I can’t believe we participated in. Someday my kids will make fun of my stories about the things I had, or did, or played with when I was little.
They might even still look at me like I am crazy when I tell them about shoes that people wore with a little ball on them you pumped up. Little do they know that in a few short years they will have their own little kids who will laugh at how cool their mom thought an iPhone was. For now, I’ll just settle for laughing with them.
Here are 21 things from my childhood that my kids won’t get to experience.
What flashbacks from your childhood are you sad, or glad, that your toddler won’t get the chance to experience?
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